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Monday, October 31, 2011

Crop Cash & Auction

At our weekend crop, we had many opportunities to earn crop cash! The more you collected, the more you had to spend on auction items throughout the weekend!

I made everyone a personalized purse to keep their crop cash in too! And of course I made it using our amazing AP Cricut Cartridge! Isn't it cute?

Friday evening and twice on Saturday, we auctioned off a plethoria of prizes ranging from handmade items, to Close To My Heart products. Also some great CTMH crop caddies and rolling totes!

One of the easiest ways to earn cash was to DANCE! More about that later....

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Scrapbooking Retreat was a BLAST!

I'm back! And we had a blast!! I'm already planning our next one! Can't wait!

So this past weekend, me and 35 of my scrappin' peeps went to Chief Logan Lodge Conference Center to scrapbook, make cards, 3-D projects, Studio J layouts, etc. We had lots of workshops to participate in, old and new friends to hang out with and lots of laughter!

 I thought I'd share a little about the fun we had with a couple different posts this week. Starting off with what everyone received when they arrived.

Everyone received their coordinating Roxie supplies! In their goodie bag, they received the accessories for a one page layout, including a "10 Things Pocket" which we used to write down 10 things we DREAM about. Later in the evening we played the BFF Game, we drew names and asked them to bring up 3 of thier BFF's and asked the BFF's to bring their "10 Things" strips. We randomly read the strips and the contestant had to guess which BFF dreamed about that! Let me tell you, I want to have some of THOSE dreams! There were some good ones!

We also used our coordinating 10 Things stamp set! (Love it!) And our new Just Blooms paper shapes Flutter (butterflies) that can be inked ANY color to quickly and easily coordinate, some of our new Bling Buttons, Sparkles, our Milepost Corrugated chipboard shapes, and hearts and scallops from the AP Cricut cartridge!

I had supplies available for those who wanted to purchase the second page layout too.

So that started our day off with a bang! More to come later.....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Team Meeting and SPECIAL TREAT

Our team meetings always include lunch - because, well, I LOVE FOOD! Sometime I provide everything, and sometimes we pot-luck! This time was a pot-luck - and trust me, it's always amazing! These ladies know how to cook!

We had a Mexican theme with taco soup, a mexican casserole, spicey buffalo chicken dip, veggie pizza, etc. But here's the best part! DESSERT! In keeping with the theme, we had fried ice cream!

I didn't "make" the ice cream - got it at the store, but we filled waffle bowls with the ice cream, topped with whipped cream, sprinkled with cinnamon, and drizzled with honey! Mmmmmmmm! Seconds please!

Kind of a funny thing to share, but it was so easy to prepare and makes for a SPECIAL TREAT! I still have some, want to drop by and try it?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Team Meeting & TREAT bag

I had such GREAT time with my team on Saturday. At our team meeting we discussed our new and MUCH IMPROVED compensation plan, as well as a totally achievable cruise to the Southern Caribbean! Each of us shared our goals - whether we are a customer consultant, hobbyist, or business builder - then we all shared ideas to help each other reach those goals! I LOVE how we always inspire and support each other!

We made a day of it and created a Cricut Display Board (thanks to Pam Thor) and an Operation Smile Display Board, Workshop on the Go Kits, and anything else we had to work on! We also each made this cute little treat bag thanks to the inspiration of Melissa Laverty. (Thanks Fancy M!) Isn't it stinkin' cute????
Here is a link to Melissa's YouTube video so you can see how easy this was to create!!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dreamin Kit Club 3-D Projects

All this week I've been posting projects made with the Dreamin' Workshop On The Go Kit. We started off with a layout, then did 5 cards. Today I want to show you the two projects we made with some of the left over papers, using our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

We started off with a Pillow Box (9") which was a perfect size to wrap up a sweet treat! I had different ribbons to choose from and tag options.

Next we did a cupcake box (FTP) using our new Backdrop-Charmed stamp set and the paper piecing technique. It was the perfect size to hold a votive candle and a fall trinket - compliments of Renee!
I used a framed image on the AP cartridge (LOVE the layers you can create!). I stamped the bottom layer inside the frame in second-generation chocolate ink for a background to coordinate with the tag, then added the Autumn Days sentiment using the rock 'n roll technique. I then paper pieced some leaves in the corner.

I then cut out a card/tag on the AP cartride, stamped my image and paper pieced some pumpkins and a leaf for a pop of color and dimension!

Our AP Cricut Cartridge makes creating beautiful artwork SO EASY!!!! I'd love to show you how and help YOU create beautiful artwork too. Come join me once a month to work with a new paper pack/kit, learn new techniques, get caught up on your scrapbooking, create beautiful cards, and gift items!

Contact me for more information.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dreamin' Kit Club Cards

Earlier this month, I drove to West Chester, PA to do a card club with my "sista" Renee (my brother's girlfriend). I guess you could say I'd travel to the ends of the earth to do a card workshop! (Well at least to PA!) She meticulously placed sample artwork throughout her home to display for her guests, it looked like it belonged there!

(Lisa Stenz's Sonoma artwork)

I was so excited to do this workshop with Renee! She invited 5 other friends to join her. None of them are scrapbookers, but we were able to use the Dreamin' WOTG kit to make 5 adorable cards plus a couple of cricut gift packages (in addition to my layout) and still have paper left to create more! Here are the cards - I change them up just a little from the bonus project instructions and again I am adding the Harvest Charms to these too:
This first one, I just had to use the technique we learned on the layout. Love it!

Cute, huh? Stay tuned....I'll show you the cricut packages we made!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dreamin' Kit Club

All this month, my kit clubs have been working with the Dreamin' Workshop On The Go kit! I LOVE these papers - AND the techniques taught in this kit!

I changed mine up just a little bit by adding the Harvest Charms and using my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge (of course!).

You can see where I added the Harvest Charms to my layout on both pages.

I also used a cricut border image at the bottom of each page in place of stamping circles. And instead of stamping my title, I used the font on the cartridge.

I loved the technique taught in this kit - we got to "rock 'n roll" our stamps for two-toned images! Then added some of our new Bronze Glitz Glitter for a touch of sparkle!

I love the ease of our workshop kits and love how easy it is to modify them to suit your fancy! Stay tuned to see what else we made with this kit!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Another Incredible Deal!

$400 Worth of Goodies for Only $99?

Yes, it's true! Close to my Heart has done it again! During the month of October, you can get over $400 worth of CTMH goodies for only $99.*
Sign up as a new Consultant between October 1–31 and receive one New Consultant Kit add-on collection of your choice FREE! Add-on collections are priced at $40 each and have a retail value of up to $130, making this an incredible deal!

If you are someone who never pays full price and is looking for a deal on papercrafing supplies and online scrapbooking - this is PERFECT FOR YOU!
If you are someone who could use a little extra money to pay for dance lessons or groceries or a family vacation - this is PERFECT FOR YOU!

If you are someone who is looking for a rewarding career with a multitude of benefits - this is PERFECT FOR YOU!

For just a $99 enrollment fee, you'll receive a New Consultant Kit packed with business essentials and new products valued at over $280 (pictured above), plus a FREE add-on collection to enhance your kit (pictured below)! Then you can choose to buy one or both of the other add-on collections for just $40 each. It's an incredible deal!
Roxie Add-On Collection
Create sparkling artwork with these brilliant products. Over $80 retail value!

Elemental Add-On Collection
It's Elemental, my dear Watson: You'll love your artwork! Over $80 retail value!

Studio J Add-On Collection
Membership includes incredible benefits! Over $130 retail value!

The timing to join my incredible team this month is perfect:
  1. Join us for our quarterly team meeting and all day crop on Oct. 22nd to get hands-on training, make displays and projects, win prizes, connect with your team family!
  2. Join me at my weekend crop getaway at Chief Logan Lodge Hotel & Conference Center Oct. 28-29 for a weekend full of classes, prizes, and tons of fun!
  3. Start earning points toward our Southern Caribbean Cruise - the earning period just began this month! I'll help you develop a plan to EARN IT your first year!
Click here to contact me if you have any questions.
Click here to go to the online application!

*Shipping/handling and tax may apply. Offer good October 1—31, 2011. Limit of one free add-on collection per new Consultant. Available only during enrollment. Contents of the New Consultant Kit and Add-On Collections are subject to change at any time without notice. Shipping/handling is free on add-on collections. US tax will be charged on the retail price of $40.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Retreat Journals and Goodie Bags with Art Philosophy

Sorry I have been MIA lately - I've just been a busy little bee running from one event to another! Last weekend our church had their women's retreat at a cabin up in the mountains of Snowshoe, WV. Believe it or not, it actually SNOWED while we were there!!

We had such a great time together! I love my RRC Sistas!

I was asked to make 35 goodie bags and journals again this year, so of course I had to incorporate our Art Philosophy cricut cartridge! I don't make anything anymore without it! LOL!

We studied a book called Weird - Because Normal isn't Working by Craig Groeschel. After last weekend, I really want to be WEIRD! The more weird, the better!

So back to the artwork - For the journal I used a few different shapes from the cricut cartridge for the journal cover (scalloped border, ticket frame, bracket shape). I added a sparkle on the "i" dot and prisma glitter on the ticket frame.
The bag is a plain white craft bag from Michael's but I added one of our cricut shapes along with a fleur de lis image, raised with 3-D foam tape and covered with glitter of course! I tied a little black tulle to the handle and inserted a silver pencil with a sparkle on top!

Inside the bag, aside from the journal, was a goodie bag tied with a coordinating fleur de lis tag. I have always LOVED how Close To My Heart products coordinate and this Art Philosophy cartridge is no exception!

And for the final touch, each bag included a box with one Raspberry Truffle (pureed raspberries are added to a ganache of Swiss dark chocolate and fresh cream to create this favorite. Presented in a milk chocolate heart-shaped shell) made by Holl's Swiss Chocolatier of Viena, West Virginia.